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TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016

We bend our usual all-local format a bit today. Sure you'll understand.

WEATHER

Showers increasing to full-on rain; decreasing by Wednesday.

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DEPARTURE OF THE THIN WHITE DUKE

Here are the Bowie-related scenes from "Inspirations," an Experience Music Project-funded documentary by director Michael Apted.

Sean Nelson relates that "in death, as in life, David Bowie remains the master of self-invention."

Charles R. Cross notes some of the many local musicians, LGBTQ advocates, and others who learned from Bowie.

Alan Boyle at GeekWire discusses the real-life science and tech figures who's praised Bowie, including for his pioneering online ventures.

Alex Needham at the UK Guardian recounts how America influenced Bowie (and vice versa).

John Nichols at the Nation remembers Bowie as an officially "apolitical" figure who still "taught us how to rebel," who "challenged societal assumptions and the limits of debate in profound ways."

Hilton Als at the New Yorker peppers his obit with links to Bowie performing on "The DIck Cavett Show" and backing Iggy Pop on Dinah Shore's daytime talker!

The Stranger's got an ongoing list of Bowie tribute events, karaoke nights, etc.

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ROLIE POLIE OLY

Coming to the Legislature: a scheme to divert lottery money to help pay for charter schools (KUOW); a GOP move to restrict state Medicaid money from paying for abortions (PubliCola).

Not coming to the Legislature: anything to copy Oregon's birth-control-without-a-prescription law. (Crosscut)

Could Washington Democrats take back full control of the Legislature if they stopped being so wishy-washy and compromise-friendly? (Crosscut)

LABOR PANES

An initiative campaign's been launched to raise the statewide minimum wage to $13.50/hour and mandate paid sick leave. (Slog)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

The City Council agreed to let Amazon take over the alley in the ex-Dog House/Hurricane Cafe block (SeaTimes), and to allow more potential sites for pot stores (SeaTimes).

UP IN THE AIR

The campaign to buy KPLU and save it as an indie station has begun. It's gotta raise $7 million by June 30. (KUOW)

ECO

A partner in the proposed Longview coal-train terminal filed for bankruptcy protection, citing depressed coal prices. (Joel Connelly)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Raymond Fryberg, father of the Marysville high-school shooter, received a two-year sentence for illegally owning six firearms, including the gun used in the shooting. (SeaTimes) 

A Seattle man's suing Chipotle, saying he got E.coli there months before the big scandal and temporary closures. (SeaTimes)

TODAY IN SAD

The owner of an Everett bikini-barista stand, burned when a propane tank erupted, has died at Harborview. (KCPQ) 

TODAY IN ICK

Another former coach has been charged with peeping into a girls' locker room, this time at a private Tacoma high school. (News Tribune)

ON THE STREETS

Those macaroni-like blue plastic art pieces by Broadway's bike lane were suddenly removed. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

A citizen group calling itself the "Seattle Department of Transformation" installed signs for an unofficial walking path around the closed sidewalk in front of the Roosevelt area's burned RR Hardware building. (KIRO-TV)

Affluent and poor people have different motivations for walking and biking. (The Urbanist)

A spectacular rockslide has closed U.S. 2 past Leavenworth. (KCPQ)

SUDS

A Rainier-branded beer product will be made in Washington for the first time in over 12 years. Pabst's contracted with Redhook in Woodinville to make a "Rainier Pale Mountain Ale," starting later this year. Pabst (which hasn't owned any breweries of its own since 1999) has an additional option to buy the Woodinville plant later on. The flagship Rainier lager will still be made by Miller in Irwindale, CA.

BIZ

Washington's fastest-growing export categories are topped by manufactured goods (yes, even with the image of America as a place that no longer makes anything). Also in the top 5: tobacco and its substitutes; photo and cinema goods; wool, yarn, and woven fabric; vehicles and parts. These figures include stuff that goes out from our ports, not just stuff made here. (PS Biz Journal)

Julia's on Broadway will respond to an increasingly crowded local restaurant biz by downplaying food service and emphasizing its drag and burlesque shows. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

TONIGHT

"Abstractions: The Films of Jon Behrens." (Grand Illusion)

Second-season screening of "Capitol Hill," comedy web series with an all-star local drag cast. (NW Film Forum) 

DeVotchka with Seattle Symphony. (Benaroya Hall)

Battalion of Saints, Scalped, more. (Highline)

Breezy Manner, DJ Veins, more. (Chop Suey) 

Comedy Nest (formerly Comedy Womb), "pro-lady" comedy open mic. (Rendezvous)

Goodnight Texas, Whiskey Shivers. (Tractor)

Global Issues Book Group discusses Matthew Stewart's "Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic." (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Albert Camus):

“Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.”

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